The Wall Street Journal：Tillerson Urges China to Confront North Korean ProvocationsThe Wall Street Journal reports: "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told China’s foreign minister Friday that his country should 'use all available tools' to confront North Korea’s provocations, a State Department spokesman said, as Beijing and Washington held their highest-level meeting since President Donald Trump took office. Mr. Tillerson and Wang Yi met for about an hour Friday morning in Bonn on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of 20 leading industrialized and emerging nations. Their meeting came nearly a week after North Korea conducted a missile test into the Sea of Japan, the first such test since Mr. Trump was sworn in. Mr. Tillerson and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on Thursday condemned the test and vowed a tougher international response...In addition to discussing the North Korean threat, Mr. Tillerson appeared to raise some of Mr. Trump’s campaign criticisms on Friday, said the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner. 'Secretary Tillerson and Minister Wang noted the recent call between leaders and discussed efforts to advance bilateral cooperation while addressing differences in a constructive manner,' Mr. Toner said. 'The two also discussed the need to create a level playing field for trade and investment.' "
The Washington Post：Don’t count on China to rein in North Korea. Here’s why.The Washington Post comments: "Persuading the Chinese to inflict major costs on North Korea will prove to be one of the most difficult tasks of the new administration. Trump has suggested he 'would get China to make [Kim] disappear in one form or another very quickly,' while a Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force believes 'China can help get North Korea back to the negotiating table by withdrawing material support, enforcing sanctions, and applying diplomatic pressure.' Securing Chinese help would require a difficult mix of persuasion, pressure, and concessions. But even if Beijing steps up and plays a significant role, Pyongyang has a long history of resilience to Chinese pressure. Pushing for greater Chinese support will not automatically lead to a solution to the growing crisis on the Korean Peninsula...The good news from the historical record is that the Chinese have not refrained from heavy-handed tactics toward Pyongyang in the past. In recent years, Beijing has continued this tradition by supporting U.N. sanctions against the DPRK. The not-so-good news is that North Koreans have proven over the decades to be tough against interference from Beijing. The recent assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half brother Jong Nam, as well as the 2013 execution of Kim’s uncle, suggest a continuing Korean allergy toward figures that have questionable relations with Beijing. Policymakers should therefore not believe tougher political or economic pressure from Chinawill magically solve the problem with North Korea, or its nuclear weapons."
The Financial Times：Trump name proliferates in corporate ChinaThe Financial Times reports: "Donald Trump this week won a decade-long trademark battle in China. However, the use of the US president’s name in companies such as Trump Recreational Development Co and Liaoning Trump Auto Rental is all but certain to continue. Mr Trump on Tuesday was awarded rights to his name for branding in construction services for 10 years. But corporate names and registrations are not part of the office’s jurisdiction and are unaffected by Mr Trump’s victory, experts say. The practice of using world leaders’ names in Chinese-language company titles has been widespread over the past decade...Companies such as Suzhou Merkel Hydraulic Systems and Fujian Obama Asset Management have existed for years. Mr Trump’s name has proliferated in registered company titles since the start of 2016, with a spike around the time of the US election. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce shows that at least 80 companies in China have been registered over the past 14 months using one of two commonly used Chinese translations for 'Trump'. Roughly 60 of those were registered after Mr Trump’s election win. One of the companies is government-owned: Xi’an Trump Garden Green Engineering, held by the mining bureau of a city in Shaanxi province."
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